Donate Toys to Toy Drive

Posted November 30th, 2011 by PTA

The Parenting Center Holiday Toy Drive

Please donate toys for needy children within the South Orange & Maplewood School District. The Parenting Center Toy Drive is a phenomenal effort that takes place every year. Please support it.


Please drop off an unwrapped toy for children ages: infants – 16 yrs at:
Your child’s school or
The Parenting Center
525 Academy St., Maplewood
from November 28th – December 9th.

Share your holiday cheer and help put a smile on the face of a child this holiday season.

Click to see Toy Drive Flyer.

DATE CHANGE/Middle School Restructuring BOE Meeting

Posted November 29th, 2011 by PTA


The Board of Education will meet on Monday, December 5, 2011 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm in the South Orange Middle School Little Theater, 70 Ridgewood Road, South Orange, NJ to hold a Special BOE Meeting to engage the public in a discussion about their concerns and interests regarding the results of middle school restructuring as they relate to future academic placement recommendations. A panel of administrators and teachers will join Board members to answer questions from the public. No action will be taken.

(Note: This meeting was originally scheduled for December 7th)

Gently Used Books Needed

Posted November 29th, 2011 by PTA

One of our Clinton classrooms can use lightly-used, low level chapter books that would be appropriate for 2nd and 3rd graders. If you have books that fit that category, you can send them to school with a note saying they are for Ms. Marr or you can drop them off in the front office.

Thanks from the Clinton PTA.

9th Annual Tricky Tray Auction/Please Read

Posted November 29th, 2011 by PTA

We have begun planning for our biggest fundraiser of the year: The Clinton PTA 9th Annual Tricky Tray and Auction.

This year our Tricky Tray will be held on Saturday evening, February 11th, at the hall in St. Joseph’s Church in Maplewood. Please mark your calendar and save the date. You won’t want to miss this incredibly fun event.

Last year we raised almost $26,000 at our Tricky Tray/Auction and this year, of course, we want to do even better! The money raised at this event each year has been responsible for major purchases including playground equipment, rock climbing wall in our gymnasium and a complete audio/visual renovation of our auditorium.

This event is a major undertaking and we are the only PTA in our area brave enough to host one every year but,

If you would like to volunteer to be a part of our committee, please contact Cecelia Cancellaro ( as soon as possible. We especially need help soliciting prizes, working a shift the night of the event, and being part of a clean-up committee. Contact Cecelia for more details.

We also rely heavily on you to help us collect prizes. Here are some ways you can help:

In recent years Clinton parents have donated items such a Tiffany bracelet, Cirque de Soleil tickets, books, electronics, clothes and accessories. Some companies are willing to donate merchandise and others are prepared to offer a sizable discount. If this is the case, please let us know. In the past we have used a Clinton parent’s employee discount at Macy’s to purchase a slew of great prizes. Prizes in the electronics category are always a big hit, so if you have any connections in that area, please let us know. We have a letter than can be used to solicit donations. Let us know if you’d like a copy.

Turn it into a prize! Some ideas: If you’re an accomplished tennis player, offer a one-hour private lesson. If you can bake, a decorated birthday cake would be a fabulous prize, if you are a fabulous cook, you can prepare and deliver a meal for four.

How about throwing a theme party? You pick the date, time, and theme, and we’ll auction off the invitations. Have you always wanted to host a Mystery Dinner? Mystery guests will make it all the more fun! Do you make a mean margarita? How about putting together a Cinco de Mayo party? The possibilities are endless for this prize—and oh so much fun!

Did your child receive two of the same Wii games for his birthday? Instead of letting one collect dust, donate it to the Tricky Tray. Did someone give you a gift card you’ll never use? Someone can use it.

An autographed script or backstage tour is always a popular prize. A few years ago Clinton parents starring in Broadway productions of Hair, Wicked, and The Little Mermaid offered backstage tours. A Sopranos script signed by all the featured actors brought in big bucks another year.

Do you have a time-share or vacation home that you can spare for a weekend? Is there a hotel you stay at frequently that might offer a sizable discount? Please let us know!

The possibilities are endless and no prize is too big or too small.

Contact Cecelia Cancellaro ( if you have a prize to donate or if you are willing to be a part of our Tricky Tray committee.

Winter Craft Fair, Saturday, December 3rd

Posted November 29th, 2011 by PTA

Don’t forget about our wonderful Winter Craft Fair this Saturday, December 3rd, from 11am to 2pm.

You can get all the details here:

Winter Craft Fair 2011 Flyer

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted November 24th, 2011 by PTA

Many wishes for a healthy, warm and bountiful holiday surrounded by family and friends.